The Yeast Infection
According to her parents, they married for love
Her mother was the one from a rich background
One of the two daughters of a business tycoon
who profited massively from the Biafran war!
Her father, on the other hand, was from a very
Her father's parents were so poor that when
her father was six years old, his parents used
him as collateral for a loan they took from
her mother's father!
That was how her father came to live under the
same roof with her mother!
Her father was very brilliant
He would listen to the private lesson teacher
that came home to teach his "owner's" children
and pick up whatever he could
He was reading and writing before the other
children in the compound did!
Because of the wealth of her mother's father
many relatives dumped their children with
him for training and so did many of his
debtors who used their child as collateral
in exchange for a loan!
The only disadvantage the children of the
creditors had was formal education
Her mother's Father put all of them to work
at his electrical appliances accessories
factory which was located right in their
compound at home
Every evening, when the lesson teacher came
around, they were free to join the other
children and learn!
Within two years her father distinguished himself
Without the benefit of a formal education
he was solving mathematical puzzles way above
his age and grade
His parents came to borrow more money
and he got to stay with them for much longer
Her father allowed him to take the common
entrance examination with them and he
passed in flying colours
He was admitted at a federal government college
in the South West!
Her father paid his fees and he was off!
Her mother and father rarely saw each other
for several years
Her mother was admitted at a Federal Government
Girl's college in the East
During the holidays and in order to save cost
Her father stayed with some of his benefactor's
relatives/employees in Ibadan and worked at some
of the outlets of his benefactor
He had gained admission into the University
by the time they saw each other again
Her mother said the moment she saw him
during that Christmas break, she was totally
drawn to him
He was more cautious of being with her
because of his position in the family
He didn't want his benefactor to cut him off
The only way he would fulfil his life's ambition
was with the help of her father
But she was not deterred!
She wanted him!
Fortunately, they gained admission to the
The University of Ibadan!
He won a full scholarship to study literature
She was admitted to study Education
He was twenty years old and she was eighteen!
They started having sex that same year
She was confident her father will allow her
to marry him
He was sure her father was going to curse him
for taking advantage of her
But she was a girl and she had her eyes
It would be worse for him if she went to her
father to tell tales of woe about him
He was caught between a hard place and
He was also encouraged by the clapper
and the bell in between his legs!
She was a beauty and she was willing!
They were careful!
Her father always admonishes him to take care
of her and ensure that she was protected
Her father never ever imagined they were
more than what they ought to be to each other
She was also unwilling to take chances until
the right time
That time came as soon as they graduated
Her father got a good job with an international
company located in Spain
Her mother got a job with a government school
in the South-west
Her mother wanted to travel to Spain to be with
Her father wouldn't miss the opportunity
of a lifetime by staying back home to be
with his woman
Her mother got pregnant with her
Then she went home to break the news
"I am pregnant for So and so"
Hell broke loose
Her father had left for Spain and couldn't
be questioned on the matter
To dodge the shame, her mother's father
sent her to Spain
That was how they came to be together
No wedding, no fanfare
Her mother's father was very disappointed
but he accepted the reality he was offered
and moved on!
That was her story
She was born in Spain and so were her
three younger brothers
When she was ten years old
Her mother's father fell very ill
They returned home so that her mother
can spend some time with him in his old
A year after they returned home
Her mother's father died
The pastor that came to preach at the
funeral spoke like an oracle of God
Her parents gave their lives to Christ!
They became dedicated members of a
One of the trending churches of that time
A church that identified technological
advancement, gadgets and innovative
devices with sin
Her parents became dedicated
As children, they had no option
The indoctrination was absolute and drastic
It was an all-out war against sin
Dress code standards were set for both
male and female members
Anything outside of their laid down rules
was sin and condemnable by hell fire
They determine who goes to heaven
and who does not!
Compared to the freedom she enjoyed
in Spain, it was hell!
Her parents committed to it with all their
Her father left his government and became
the head of the media department of
He set up his own printing press and was
commissioned to write all the books and
supervise other publications of the church!
It was a very lucrative career choice and her
father made a lot of money!
She and her siblings were sent to the best
As she grew, she sought a way of escape
She just wanted to be free of the hypocrisy!
She knew Pastor's sons and daughters who
were sleeping around as teenagers but dressed
right and spoke right in the church
Some of them were even given leadership roles
in the church
She caught her immediate younger brother and
another young lady having sex in their house one
afternoon, later that same day, the young lady
was the one leading praise and worship on the
altar for evening service
She had a lot of things she wanted to do too
but she was scared of being caught and
She didn't have the stomach for a scandal but
she so desperately wanted to be free of her
parents and the church!
She graduated from the University and found
her escape route
She met a young man who was a believer and
a member of their church
She introduced him to her parents
He was responsible and had a great job
He was also in ministry and has a good
relationship with the Holy Spirit
After two hours of gruesome interview
Her parents told her she cannot marry him
"Why?" She asked
"He is from a broken home!"
She couldn't believe it!
Why would they judge him based on his parent's
decision to divorce?
Isn't it in the Bible that children shouldn't
be punished for the misdeeds of their parent?
He was the love of her life and they were going
to deny her the right to spend the rest of her
life with him?
She took the matter to other elders of
They all stood firm behind her parents
Her father said "Children from broken
homes are more liable to be divorced
later in future"
He didn't say what he said by the Holy
He spoke to psychological studies and
In the same church where science and
technology were supposed to be the enemy!
Two years later, in the same church, the
brother proposed to another lady
The marriage went on without a hitch
It was the beginning of her many sorrows
She was heartbroken, bitter, pained and
She had tried to be good, play by the rule
Her younger ones were wild!
Two of her immediate younger brothers
impregnated two ladies at the same time
Her parents screamed and barked
But they didn't disown her brothers
Her youngest brother crashed a car on his
way back from a club with four friends in
Two of his friends died and he spent months
in the hospital
Her parents paid his hospital bill and cared for
him with all their hearts
And there she was, trying desperately to be
good and please them
She didn't get another suitor
She prayed and fasted for five years
Then a scandal broke out from the most
Her mother discovered that her father was
taking a babe on a trip to America for his
Her parents had a bitter quarrel that night
Her mother revealed that her father had been
a serial cheat for many years
She had borne it with silence and prayers
Hoping he would change but she wouldn't
take it anymore
Her father countered that her mother cheated
on him too with three different people
When they were in Spain
He insisted that her mother had refused to
admit it even though he had evidence to prove
Her mother accused her father of being
the bad example
her younger brothers were imitating as they
continued to walk in disregard for the things
Her father accused her mother of being a poor
mother who couldn't raise godly children
It was as if she was looking at two aliens!
That week her mother rented a flat and
moved away from the house
She claimed it was because she wanted to move
closer to her place of work
Her father didn't challenge her mother's move
She thought it would only last for a while
But it persisted
Her parents had tacitly separated
She met another young man two years later
He was from the east and loved her
with all his heart
From the very first day, he told her
his parents wouldn't let him marry from a
She didn't want to miss the opportunity
to marry the young man
But she knew it would be difficult to
explain why her parents were living apart
If she told him the whole story, he would
observe that her parents were technically
divorced and walk away from the relationship
If she kept quiet, he would later realise the
truth after the wedding and feel deceived
She spoke with her parents
"Please come together again, please do this
for my sake! Don't truncate my marital destiny
out of selfishness and strife!"
Her mother told her to speak to her father
Her father told her he had resigned as a
He said was tired of living a suppressed
life under the yoke of religion
He wanted to remarry!
"You are free to marry anybody you
so desire, the scales have fallen off
my eyes" Her father declared
The man she was supposed to marry had
already married another woman and
had three children!
The new man she met wanted to marry
from a stable home and her father was
blatantly flaunting divorce
She didn't know what to do
She reached out to the brother in Jeans
She told him all that had transpired
She was already 33 years old and she
didn't want the rigid rules of the church
to deny her the opportunity to be happily
The Brother in Jeans and T-shirt went to
see her Father and Mother
The dialogue took nine weeks
Then the brother in Jeans and T-shirt met
with her and her man!
He told them the dangers of religion
"Religion hardens the heart and makes a
yoke out of our desire to please God!
He showed them what the scripture said
Old things have passed away! He insisted
"You are now brand new creatures, totally
divorced from the old man and the parents
of the old man!
God is now your father and He has no
blemish or scandal attached to him!
There is no Biblical precedent for that
sort of doctrine, beware of the yeast of
PS: The event happened in Ogun State
They got married on the first Saturday of
The Brother in Jeans and T-shirt also met
with her younger brothers
He told them about Jesus and got them filled
with the Holy Spirit
He told them there are no rules
"Just do what the Holy Spirit tells you at
It sounded ridiculous even to their parents
But her brothers changed
Somehow and as they did, her father
also changed somehow
The family somehow got reunited
Nobody could explain how or why
The only thing that changed was their church
The Brother in Jeans and T-shirt told
them to run from any church that laid
more emphasis on rules rather than Christ!
This story was written at the prompting of
She delivered a baby boy on the 26th of
August 2019 and sent in this story as her
The yoke of Jesus is easy and his
burden very light
You wouldn't even have to carry it
He carries you!
If you are choking and dying under the
load and weight of religion, Jesus is willing
to set you free!
Would you be free?